SCOTTISH BLIND GOLF SOCIETY
|The driving force behind blind golfers in Scotland since 1982.|
Patrons: Sir Sean Connery, Andrew Coltart, Paul Lawrie, Sandy Lyle MBE, Alan Rough.
The following document contains the official Rules and Code of Conduct for the Scottish Blind Golf Society, hereafter referred to as the Society. The contents of this document are to be used in conjunction with, but not to prevail over, the Society's Constitution. All Society Members and all persons associated with the Society are governed by the terms and conditions of this Code of Conduct.
This document was modified and adopted by the Membership at the 2015 Annual General Meeting on February 26, 2016 at the RNIB Scotland offices in Edinburgh.
The Captain - who will have been elected and entrusted by the Society Members to this prestigeous position must be aware of his/her responsibility in representing the Society with dignity and understanding, maintaining a position of high esteem and confidence with its Members and Associates.
The Captain shall act as Chairperson of the Society's Executive Committee at all meetings, representing the views and deliberations of the Executive Committee and the Society. In general matters of the membership, the Captain shall attend as spokesperson at all functions and meetings with Governmental agencies and events from national and international bodies, and all meetings to further support the objectives of the Society. The Captain may attend as observer, all Sub-committee meetings held within the Executive Committee's remit.
In tandem with the Vice Captain, the Captain shall select the members to form the representative golf teams for the Society in competition with national/international competitions and manage the organisational requirements necessary to ensure the satisfactory conduct of such competitions.
|1.B||The Vice Captain - shall deputise for the Captain in all aspects of his/her responsibilities.|
|1.C||The Secretary - shall convene all meetings of the Society on behalf of the Captain, and maintain accurate minutes of all procedures and decisions, deal with all correspondence, maintain accurate records of membership, sight classifications, contact details, and to distribute news and information, including match results and minutes of meetings, to all members as required. The Secretary, or such person appointed by the Executive Committee, shall be responsible for the administration and maintenance of the Society's website at www.scottishblindgolf.com|
|1.D||The Treasurer - shall administer all financial matters of the Society as detailed in the Constitution and Code of Conduct and report to the Executive Committee as required.|
|1.E||The Match Secretary - shall organise the Society's golf calendar for the season and will be assisted in this regard by a Sub-committee drawn by the Match Secretary from each district in order to provide local knowledge of opportunities within each district to ensure compilation of an organised schedule of golf events throughout the season, and to stage annual events throughout Scotland. The Match Secretary shall liaise closely with the Handicap Secretary in order to provide a fair standard of competition within the Rules of Golf as prescribed for blind and partially sighted golfers. With the inclusion of any appointed official referee, the Match Secretary and his sub-committee shall be the sole arbiters at all tournaments.|
|1.F||The Handicap Secretary - shall maintain a register of results of all competitions played by Society members at home and abroad, whose details will provide the basis of handicap calculations from accepted systems prescribed with the handicap rules that may change from time to time. At monthly intervals during the playing season, or as may be deemed appropriate, the Handicap Secretary shall produce a tabulated list of members' handicaps to be sent out to the membership, together with a league table of points awarded for merit considerations.|
|1.G||The General member[s] - shall bring to the attention of the Executive Committee any points for discussion from their District and to convey to their District members the progress of Executive Committee discussions in general. Through a General Member, District match arrangements should be promulgated in conjunction with the Match Secretary and any Sub-committee thus formed. General Members may appoint a deputy to attend Executive Meetings on their behalf.|
|1.H||The Executive Committee shall have the powers to invoke disciplinary and appeals procedures, as laid down in the Society's Constitution and Code of Conduct.|
|2.A||All those who wish to join the Society, must first be a fully paid member of a district, who in turn should forward the national fee to the Society Treasurer. Districts accept all who apply, providing they meet the criteria, as set out in the Society Constitution and this Code of Conduct. Individuals should make enquiries regarding membership to the nearest district group in their area, however, application can be made to other districts, providing that district's terms and conditions allow.|
|2.B||Membership to both national and district levels are bound by the terms and conditions, and any disciplinary and appeals procedures, related to the Society Constitution and this Code of Conduct.|
|2.C||Applications for membership may be refused, or disciplinary procedures may be invoked against any existing member who supports, affiliates or co operates with any individual, social or sporting group who operate in a manner which is deemed by the Executive Committee, to be harmful to the image or reputation of the Society, it's stability or future development.|
|2.D||The national membership fees for the Society will be set at the Annual General Meeting.|
|2.E||Each district representative must submit a full list of local members, their contact details and membership fees to the Society Treasurer, within 30 days of the Annual General Meeting, or such other date specified by the Executive Committee.|
|2.F||Any member failing to renew their membership by the 30 day period, or specified date may be deemed as lapsed, and may be required to re establish a playing handicap. Other criteria in Section 2.G below may be requested by the Executive Committee before a membership is restored.|
|2.G||New members must supply to the Society Secretary, a completed application form, a copy of their blind or partially sighted registration form, from their Social Work Department or Society for the Blind, and a completed British Blind Sport Sight Classification Form. Additionally, new members holding a current CONGU handicap of 27 or under will be eligible to play competitively in SBGS competitions using their CONGU handicap. After a four card submission from SBGS competitions an IBGA handicap will be calculated. All other new members will be invited to play as guests at SBGS competitions until four cards have been submitted, when a playing IBGA handicap will be determined.|
|2.H||New members must reach and maintain a standard of golf, which is acceptable to the Society, before they attend major competitions, so as not to upset the flow of play at competitions, nor leave a poor impression of the Society and its members.|
SPECIAL NOTE: Royal & Ancient rules relating to Amateur Status and Society members.
Members are encouraged to read the information leaflet on amateur status which has been sent to you from the Society Secretary. Further information is also available online from the website of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, at www.randa.org
|3.A||A Register of Interest shall be set up and maintained by an Administrator appointed by the Executive Committee where information held will be freely available to all members of the Society.|
|3.B||All members who intend making application for grants, awards, sponsorships or donations must first contact the Society administrator with details of the funding source or potential targets. The Executive Committee reserves the right to refuse permission to a member in applying for personal funding, in such cases as would be deemed unfair to the Society in it's charitable fundraising objectives as a whole.|
|3.C||The official SBGS Sponsorship Confirmation Form must be included by the applying member, with any approach or correspondence with funding sources and targets.|
|3.D||Funding sources must be requested to make monies payable to the Scottish Blind Golf Society.|
|3.E||Prior to the release of personal funds to the applicant, the Society Administrator must receive,  - the completed official SBGS Sponsorship Confirmation Form in favour of the applicant, and  - the expense receipts approved by the personal funding Sub Committee in compliance with the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews' Rules on Amateur Status.|
|3.F||Members shall be required to pay the Society a membership fee supplement of 2% of all personal funding monies they receive, which have been administered on their behalf by the Society.|
As agreed at the AGM on March 25, 2006, The following bank accounts shall be held by the Society.
The Finance Code of Practice. Information on annual returns and how the accounts of the Society should be administered can be obtained from the OSCR, the Office of the Scottish charity Regulator, by telephone on 01382 220 446, or by visiting their website at www.oscr.org.uk and viewing the FAQ.
Investment Funds - When surplus funds become available, the Executive Committee shall consider contributing to and maintaining any investment fund of the Society. Any monies from these funds can only be utilised in an unusual situation and must be applied to a Society project or competition. Access to these funds can only be on agreement by the Executive Committee or at Annual or Extraordinary General Meeting.
Property of the Scottish blind Golf society:
In accordance with the Constitution and this Code of Conduct, the Executive Committee has the powers to invoke the following disciplinary measures on Society Members and Associates.
|5.B||Individuals have the right to a hearing by a disciplinary committee Before any action is imposed. The disciplinary committee will be constituted of at least five members of the Society's Committee and chaired by the Captain or Vice Captain. Temporary suspension may be placed on a member in cases of alleged serious misconduct prior to such a hearing. If the Executive Committee, by a simple majority vote, decides to suspend or terminate a member, they must inform that member in writing within seven,  days of that decision. Any appeal by a member, to the Executive Committee regarding that decision, must be received in writing within twenty one  days of the Executive Committee decision and the appeal must be heard thereafter, by an appeals committee within fourteen  days of the appeal being lodged.|
|5.C||The Appeals Committee shall consist of the five District Captains or their representatives, not involved in the initial hearing and be chaired by the Captain of the Society. In the event of a tie, the Chairman shall have a casting vote. The decision of the Appeals Committee shall be final.|
Much appreciation is extended to the guides for their vital role in golf for the blind, but we ask them to accept responsibility for observing speed of play, position on the course and being able to react promptly to the following points in maintaining a good profile and image of the Society.
Slow Play: Slow play is not acceptable at any time. To avoid this occurring the following must be observed at all times.
Complaints or score disagreements:
|6.D||Dress Code: - The Society operates a policy obliging all members and their guides, to be dressed in a smart, casual manner at all times. T-shirts, football shirts, jeans or trainers, are not acceptable at any time. Members and guides will be informed in advance, if formal dress is required at any event.|
The Society Order of Merit table, points and counting competitions:
Qualification for the Auld Enemy Cup & other international matches:
Automatic qualification for the Auld Enemy Cup team will be given to the top eight places, available and wishing to take part, from the Order of Merit Table. The Executive Committee shall then agree on the selection of the relevant number of players to complete the team.
Automatic qualification for the Celtic Cup team will be given to the top five places, available and wishing to take part, from the Order of Merit Table and led by the Vice Captain. The sixth place may be used to include the Vice Captain or, if already included, to select a team member agreed by the Executive Committee.
Where practical, every effort will be made to select 1 registered B1 golfer to play in one international match each season.
Structured selection system for Society entrants to Open International events:
Attending foreign competitions and invitations to Society members: